ONS: 27 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 27, 2013

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

27 October 2013

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Mozambique, former rebel group Renamo denied involvement in the armed attack on the country’s main highway which killed one and injured ten.
  • AMERICAS: Argentinians are due to vote in an election said to be crucial for President Fernandez de Kirchner.
  • ASIA: Indian police reported several small explosions killed five and injured 25 shortly before a campaign speech by the opposition’s main PM candidate.
  • EUROPE: The Georgian Central Election Commission reported smooth proceedings in the presidential election.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, eight car bombs exploded in Shiite-populated areas of Baghdad province, killing at least 26.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Pope Francis now has 10 million followers on Twitter.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Peace talks uncertain as groups declare opposition to negotiation.
    • The UN-Arab League envoy is set to arrive in Damascus on Monday to drum up support for proposed peace talks.
    • Nineteen Islamist anti-Assad groups rejected outright the US-Russian peace initiative Geneva 2.
    • Turkish FM Davutoglu criticized the international community for failing to handle the refugee crisis, and called on the UNSC to address the issue.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The ruling National Liberation Front said it would endorse President Bouteflika to be its presidential candidate in 2014. (Xinhua)
  • Mozambique: Former rebel group Renamo denied involvement in the armed attack on the country’s main highway which killed one and injured ten. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A television journalist seriously wounded by gunmen in the capital Mogadishu earlier this week died. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Voters are due to vote in an election said to be crucial for President Fernandez de Kirchner. (BBC)
  • Colombia: Former President Uribe’s political movement chose Oscar Ivan Zuluaga as its presidential candidate for upcoming May elections. (Reuters)
  • Panama: The country gave asylum to an Ecuadoran opposition politician allegedly implicated in multiple homicide case, saying he was a victim of political persecution. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Media reported Japan scrambled fighter jets in response to four Chinese military planes flying over international waters near the Okinawa islands. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Sources said a key Taliban commander was killed in an airstrike in Nimroz province. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: At least two people were killed when opposition parties started a 60-hour strike to demand non-party oversight over next year’s general elections. (DPA)
  • India: Police reported several small explosions killed five and injured 25 shortly before a campaign speech by the opposition’s main PM candidate. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Serbian President Nikolic canceled his participation in a trilateral meeting with Turkey and Bosnia due to comments made by Turkish PM Erdogan about Kosovo. (Xinhua)
  • Georgia: The Central Election Commission reported smooth proceedings in the presidential election. (Xinhua)
  • Portugal: Thousands protested in Lisbon and other cities against austerity measures in the country’s 2014 draft budget. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A little-known Sunni group claimed the attack that killed 14 border guards on Friday. (BBC)
  • Iraq: Eight car bombs exploded in Shiite-populated areas of Baghdad province, killing at least 26. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Government officials said at least three soldiers were killed by unknown gunmen at an army checkpoint in al-Bayda province. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Pope Francis now has 10 million followers on Twitter. (DPA)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01S (One)
    • Location: 595 miles S of Baja California
    • Movement: WSW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane 17E (Raymond)
    • Location: 441 miles SW of Socorro Island
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Etna, Italy
    • Spewing lava and ash
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 24OCT: 144 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 24OCT: 62 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28OCT)

  • Global: World Energy Forum in Dubai
  • Cuba: Anniversary of the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis – 1962
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of 10 killed in suicide attack against church in Kaduna – 2012
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Christians killed in church massacre – 2001
  • Russia: Subcommittee on Russia-Ukraine cooperation will hold ministerial meeting
  • Rwanda: Transform Africa 2013; a Pan-African conference on information and communication tech (to 31OCT)

 

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